Jorge Ordóñez Málaga

Botani Nobleza Moscatel Old Vines

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Málaga & D.O. Sierras de Málaga

Location

The winery is located in Vélez-Málaga. The vineyards are spread across multiple villages in the Alta Axarquía, the most historic viticultural area in Málaga.

Varietal

100% Muscat of Alexandria. The oldest variety in the Muscat family and one of the few remaining genetically unmodified vitis vinifera cultivars remaining in the world today. The Phoenicians transplanted this grape from Alexandria, Egypt to Málaga approximately 2,600 years ago.

Vineyards

Northern oriented head trained single vineyard in the Navarrete area of the village of El Borge

Year(s) Planted

1924

Viticulture

Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Practicing organic gobelet (vaso) trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand, and grapes are carried up the mountain with the assistance of mules. The majority of the vines receive no treatments whatsoever and minimal human intervention. Many of the vineyards are planted directly into the rock (slate).

Soils

Solid and decomposed slate intermixed with white quartz. No organic matter whatsoever.

Climate

Dry Mediterranean climate (120-150 mm/L2). High elevation results in significant diurnal shifts, favoring a long and balanced maturation.

Winemaking

The grapes are chilled in a cool chamber for 24 hours before processing. Gently pressed in a pneumatic press. The must settles overnight and ferments in 600L French oak demi-muids.

Aging

Aged sur lie for six months in 600L French oak demi-muids with biweekly battonage.

Comments

Despite Jorge Ordóñez Málaga's focus on unfortified sweet wines, Jorge and Alois Kracher were inspired to produce a fresh and dry Moscatel from the mountain vineyards of the Axarquía. Botani was the first dry Moscatel made in Spain in modern times, resurrecting the tradition of Málaga's historic "Mountain Wines." As an evolution of this project, Botani Nobleza was launched in 2021 as a single vineyard dry Moscatel fermented in barrel like the traditional dry Moscatels produced in Málaga before the phylloxera.